Pittsburgh Ballet at Hartwood; Jergel’s Hosts R&B Mental Health Fundraiser (CPs Sun., 8/17/14)

1) Even if you don’t know a pirouette from a penché, this a great chance to see poetry in motion. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performs tonight at Hartwood Acres amphitheater as part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. The Pittsburgh Ballet was founded in 1969 and is one of the country’s top ballet companies. With generous community support, the company has achieved new heights since 1997 under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former ballet master and principal dancer at New York’s American Ballet Theatre. Head on out and get a little culture and beauty in your life. 7:30 p.m.  200 Hartwood Acres, Indiana and Hampton townships.

2) R&B Will Set You Free – Fundraiser for Mental Health Awareness is happening today at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale. A fun party for a very important cause with some of Pittsburgh’s top R&B musicians performing including Billy Price, Sputzy, Shari Richards, Kenny Blake, members of House of Soul and more.  A portion of the proceeds benefits Mental Health America of Allegheny County. 5 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale.

3) Dr. John just played the Pittsburgh Blues Fest and tonight is your opportunity to hear a doctor of jazz. Alton Merrell has a Ph.D. in jazz studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Highly skilled at the piano and Hammond B-3 organ, he is also a composer and a music educator at Youngstown State University. His band Dr. Alton Merrell & Impact plays the Citiparks’ Reservoir of Jazz concert this evening at the Highland Park Reservoir. Merrell’s music combines vocal and instrumental jazz with an uplifting message of hope, spirituality, peace, and joy. Sounds like a nice way to spend a Sunday evening. 5-7 p.m., Highland Ave. and Reservoir Dr., Highland Park.

4) It’s the last day of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! Why is this important to you? More than 50 Pittsburgh restaurants are offering extra special deals through tonight. Many restaurants are offering three-course fixed-price meals or $20.14 specialties. To view participating restaurants and for more information, visit Pittsburghrestaurantweek.com. Let’s get out there and enjoy all our great local restaurants!